Monet's Water Lilies inspired paper flowers
Sarah Yakawonis, 1985-
When you think of the most famous floral painting, Monet's water lilies will always rank among the top. I knew I wanted to recreate them in paper flowers, the challenge came with selecting which one. Monet painted over 300 canvases full of his tranquil pond at Giverny, his home. I spent countless hours searching for the right one. I decided to base my paper recreation on a painting held by the Toledo Museum of Art because of its size at 79 in. (200.7 cm) by 84 in. (213.3 cm) it one of the smaller water lily paintings he produced. He also gave more details to the water lilies in this painting than some, giving me more detail to obsess over and incorporate into my flowers.